Our Team

“Too few companies have the courage and compassion required to address the education market because it is not as lucrative as many others–you have to care enough to want to go there and be dedicated to providing real benefit, not just being another parasite on the beleaguered system. It appears that LEAN Frog has shown the clever, entrepreneurial wit to bring real value where it is much needed.” – from judges’ comments, 2016 Stevie Awards

LEAN Frog was co-founded in 2009 in Huntsville, Alabama by Byron Headrick, MBB, CQE and Sherri Headrick, Ph.D. Since then, LEAN Frog has grown into an award-winning small business and trusted partner for regional schools. Our mission is to improve public education through the practical application of Lean Six Sigma tools and strategies.

We are proud recipients of the following national, regional, and local honors and awards:

Our team of efficiency experts possesses several years of experience working in education with a variety of specialized skills and certifications, including Lean Six Sigma, project management, human resources, and student instruction.

Byron Headrick, MBB, CQE

Byron Headrick, MBB, CQE


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Dr. Sherri Headrick, GB

Dr. Sherri Headrick, GB

Director of Marketing and Personnel/Co-Founder/Principal Consultant

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Chasitie White, SPHR

Chasitie White, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Chief of Staff/Lead Lean Consultant

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Fred Kemp, MBA

Fred Kemp, MBA

Lead Lean Consultant

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Dave Knowles

Dave Knowles

Sales and Marketing Manager

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John Higginbotham, PMP, BB

Master Programs Manager/Lead Lean Consultant

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Brandon Payne, Ed.D

Director of Operations

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Josh Roth, GB

Lean Consultant

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Denise Christa, GB

Lean Consultant

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Mary Marquart, Ed.L

Lean Consultant

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Beth Stephens

Finance and Office Lead

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Kathi Mills

Senior Analyst/Lean Technician

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Miranda Summer

Lean Technician

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Peggy Wickizer

Administrative Technician

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Michelle Stephens

Administrative Technician

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LEAN Frog is a Progress Partner with the Huntsville Regional Economic Growth Initiative (HREGI).

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